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It cost the USMNT’s switch of prevention and defense strategy the World Cup win

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If the most ambitious and monumental defense prevention solution in modern history – France’s 280-mile Maginot Line built in the 1930s to prevent a German invasion – has proven to fail so miserably, what makes football coaches of both kinds think they can succeed? ?

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Preemptive defenses are footballs version of institutionalized insanity, or insanity to be institutionalized.

Just as in 1968 when “Harvard beats Yale, 29-29,” Monday’s World Cup opener gave us “Wales edge the United States, 1-1.”

Playing with unexpected strength and offensive dominance, the US team would have won this game — in the bag — had it stayed on course, a trajectory that saw Wells mostly trailing for nearly 70 minutes.

Even American superstar Christian Pulisic was in the right place. Despite being listed as a striker, he often directed the attack from midfield, hitting Tim Weah with a terrific pass—a “ball” in soccer parlance—for the United States’ score.

And at 1-0, not 2-0, the USA kept attacking, right? After all, opponents have a hard time scoring from 100 yards out.

But US coach Greg Berhalter — wearing a black Nike T-shirt with only “The States” written on it (huh?) — called for new alternatives and an old idea. Block defense!

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Director Greg Berhalter
Manager Greg Berhalter foolishly switched the team to defensive in the second half of the Etihad side’s tie against Wales.
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Christian Pulisic's reaction after the USMNT's draw against Wales.
Christian Pulisic’s reaction after the USMNT’s draw against Wales.
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You know, fix what ain’t broke, Aaron Bon Soccer. Let an NFL team pass 25 yards per play, then run out of bounds to stop the clock against their defensive backs on a deep D block!

We put them on the run. What now, general? “Back off!”

And watch the lead vanish!

The attacking Welshman quickly crowded the penalty area, a foul was quickly awarded, and soon a penalty kick was awarded. The United States, responsible for much of the match, pulled off the frustrated losers with a 1-1 draw.

Instead of three points and a big win to advance to the second round, the USA won a point but lost two points. As they said after crossing the Maginot Line, “Welcome to Paris!”

The CBS crew lets the Jets get it

Two notes from the past Sunday’s CBS Jets-Patriots postgame: 1) Unlike nearly all NFL pre- and post-game shows, it contained stuff worth listening to. 2) Phil Simms is sweet when he’s angry.

After the Jets’ offensive rout, Bill Cowher: “You know in the fourth quarter, [Jets] I have a 3rd and 1, and I keep seeing people lining up at the gun. And Zach Wilson threw a pass for -1.

“At some point you have to be able to manage football to take the pressure off the young midfielder.” Or, Cowher added, run some kinetic plays that delay a close defense.

Phil Sims, left, and Bill Cowher
Phil Sims, left, and Bill Cowher
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Then Sims: “You know what? That’s what I hate. I hate that phrase: ‘Well, give it to our playmaker in space.’ I hate that. It’s 3rd and 1. You throw it out. What happens? You lose a yard!”

Amen to that and it appeared!


So let’s get the all-forgive Kyrie Irving-NBA saga straight:

A white NBA player who truly believes the world is flat goes on social media to promote a whimsical movie that claims there was no slavery before our Civil War, that slavery was a hoax concocted by conspiring blacks and that blacks were forced to roast in hell.

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is back with the Nets after being suspended.
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Then the Clan emerges from the arena to agree with the player’s view of history and support their right to freedom of expression.

And the NBA and the player’s team, after two weeks of trying to extract what appears to be a sincere apology, welcome this player back. Commissioner Adam Silver announced that he had met with this player and found no evidence that he was a racist.

And NBPA representatives publicly go to bat for this player. Could that happen? Not a chance.

However, it does happen in the racial opposite direction, with Jews, the easy pick, and the bait. holocaust? It never happened! So let’s give a welcome big ovation to Kyrie Irving!


Television’s third down virus (TDV) – which drops off the field at the most absurd of times – continues to gnaw at the central nervous system.

On Sunday, the Jets lost 3-0 to the Pats, on third-and-seven when CBS snapped back-to-back shots from the crowd. On FOX, the Lions, who hold a 24-12 lead over the Giants, hit third and twelfth when the field disappeared for consecutive team shots.

Now we understand that there is a formula in play, but the ingredients are messed up. Is situational discretion – common sense – no longer the plan?

He is an honest demon

A good measure of a person’s honesty is when they’re wrong, even if it’s just a little bit. To that end, Ken Danico may be the devil’s profession – player and then TV analyst since 1984 – but his posts on replays include acknowledging that his first act may have been wrong.

On Saturday, after New Jersey’s Doug Hamilton scored on a pass from his skate, Daniko said it was a clean goal — and Hamilton didn’t try to steer it toward the goal.

Ken Danico
Ken Danico
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But Daniko spoke his second thoughts during the replay, noting a slight movement of the blade of Hamilton’s skate toward the goal. He said he was probably wrong – the goal might be off. And that’s what happened.


During Giants radio broadcasts, Eli Manning is heard as a paid promoter for a local bank chain. This makes it easier for people to withdraw money to pay gambling debts as encouraged by the TV commercials starring the Manning family.

DraftKings customers reported this week that their bank accounts had been hacked, with losses totaling nearly $300,000. Anyone remember a 2015 DraftKings employee who won a pile of cash in a FanDuel using “secret” DraftKings data? Both times, DraftKings said there was no evidence that its security guarantees were breached, so it must be a big coincidence.


The World Cup can’t be shown without stupid TV graphics, and so we now have a number of single-player “defensive line breaks,” which is worth explaining if it’s not irrelevant. But they mostly mean passes that lead nowhere.

It’s not that we’re surprised, but the whole thing is not seeing/hearing/speaking any evil on FOX about authoritarian, theocratic Qatar during the World Cup. Those thousands of imported slave cup facility workers who died upon their return? Don’t be a party spoiler!

Separate American advertisers continue to believe that we all love Megan Rapinoe. We don’t.

Think how many tens of millions of dollars and how many jobs we could save networks by learning the bad from the worst. On Saturday from Texas, five members of FOX were taken to sit out in the cold to utter a few worthless words at the TCU-Baylor halftime.

Although Al-Bireh was a late scratch in Qatar’s World Cup matches, large and expensive beer advertisements buzzed the stadiums. So remember: no beer. Drink Budweiser.

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